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Video chat VOIP - best Skype alternatives

About video chat/VoIP

VoIP, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol, Voice over IP, and IP telephony, enables audio communications and multimedia sessions via IP networks for a variety of compatible devices with a 3G/4G or Wi-Fi signal. Growing out of this technology, video chat or videophone calls, videocalls, or videoconferencing enables individuals to chat face-to-face across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Skype is perhaps the most popular of these services, but there are plenty of worthy Skype alternatives.

Video Chat Voip

The most popular cross-platform audio and video chat apps

Google Hangouts

Facebook Messenger

Video chat/VoIP FAQs

  • Can you place free VoIP or video calls between the aforementioned chat clients?
    Yes, as long as your recipient is on the same service.
  • Are all of these communications encrypted?
    Yes, as long as you're communicating using a compatible VoIP chat client. But if you're calling a landline or mobile phone number, then your communication might not be encrypted, unless you're using a mobile VPN.

Voice chat clients for gamers

When quick and clear communication can mean the difference between victory and defeat, you want a service your team can rely on. That is why many gamers, both casual and professional, opt for higher-end, low-latency, and customizable Voice and Chat services. Whether it's for league practice, clan meetups, or casual social play, here are four of our favorites for learning, strategizing, or humble bragging.


Mumble provides excellent voice quality, near-instant communication, and supports positional audio for over 50 games, allowing others to hear the audio from the player's direction in the game, so they know who's saying what. It also offers Push-to-Talk and Voice-Activated audio transmission modes for hands-free operation.


Easy-to-follow Discord offers organizable channels, so you can chat with your group and stay on topic, instant messaging of video, photos, and text, direct messaging, instant Web-based invite links (so no software downloads are necessary), and push notifications.

TeamSpeak 3

TeamSpeak 3 enables players to connect to their team mates server to voice chat or strategize in real time, send and receive text messages, get player status notifications, and use Push-To-Talk and voice activation for hands-free operation.


Ventrilo enables voice or text communication over organized online games. It's famous for its surround sound positioning, while remaining light on resources. Plus, it comes with a helpful online tutorial to get you going.

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Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for and covers iOS.